Beekman Boys set for fundraiser

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation will be hosting its Verse & Vino signature fundraiser on Nov. 2, 6 p.m., at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S College St.

The event brings five New York Times best-selling authors to Charlotte, N.C. for an evening of food, wine, conversation and to celebrate the joy and importance of libraries, said the foundation’s marketing and communications specialist Melanie P. Baron.

This year, one pair of authors — Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, also known as the Beekman Boys — will join in the festivities.

The authors starred in their own TV series, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” and are the authors of three previous cookbooks and a quarterly magazine. Their newest release is the Beekman 1802: A Seat at the Table cookbook.

The couple came into the public eye when they were competitors on “The Amazing Race.” The two circled the world and landed on the mat in the number one spot to take home the first-place prize.

Last year’s event netted over $225,000 and attracted over 1,000 attendees.

Other authors slated to attend are Wiley Cash, Nikki Giovanni, Jamie Ford and Kate White.

Tickets are $125 and available online and include cocktail reception, book sales and signing, dinner, wine and program. Book club tables of 10 and sponsorships are still available.


Candidate mixer approaches

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce will hold its Clock in with the Candidates on Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., at Resident Culture Brewing Company, 2101 Central Ave.

Participants will be able to  speak to local candidates running for office about issues that concern your family, business, and community. Be among the first 75 to RSVP and join a speed-networking-style format that will allow attendees to speak directly with each candidate for a designated amount of time. A mix and mingle session will follow while enjoying pizza and beverages.

The event is free and registration is available online.


Carbonaro comes to Queen City

Gay actor and illusionist Michael Carbonaro

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gay actor and illusionist Michael Carbonaro will bring his talents to Charlotte on Oct. 27, 8 p.m., where he will perform at Ovens Auditiorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd.

Carbonaro began performing magic as a young boy and studied experimental theatre at New York University.

His hidden-camera magic is well known, and he has his own original magic series, “The Carbonaro Effect,” on truTV. He has also been seen on “Happily Divorced,” “30 Rock,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI Miami,” among others.

Carbonaro was the recipient of the Outfest Best Actor award, as well as Magician of the Year from the Academy of Magical Arts. In 2016, he was the inaugural recipient of the Copperfield Prize which recognizes an individual for elevating the art of magic.

Tickets range from $29-$45 and are available online.

He will also perform on Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St., in Columbia, S.C.

Tickets range from $29-$39 and are available online. For those who wish to enjoy a meet and greet with Carbonaro and the show, tickets are $139.


Bingo rolls back in

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — RAIN’s Gay Bingo will be held on Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Phantom of the Bingo.” Barbara Burning Bush and her 20 Bingo-Verifying Divas will bring their talents to the stage while they perform choreographed musical numbers throughout the show.

The official Gay Bingo after party will be held at Bar at 316 at 316 Rensselaer Ave.

Reserved tables in the front section are already sold out, organizers said. Reserved tables for 10 in the back are available for $400 each. General admission tickets at $35 each are for balcony seating. Tickets are available online and parking is $5 per car.


PFLAG nets honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Charlotte will be the recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award from the national organization at the We Are the Change national convention from Oct. 20-22 in Portland, Ore.

“It is an honor and privilege to be recognized on the national stage for the work our chapter is doing in Charlotte,” said PFLAG Charlotte President Ashley Nurkin.

PFLAG Charlotte continues to work with area hospitals, pediatrician and family medicine providers through their grant-funded Healthcare Outreach Campaign. The campaign is tasked with educating physicians, administrators and hospital employees on how to be inclusive to transgender patients. In addition, PFLAG Charlotte continues to grow and expand their Transparents of PFLAG Charlotte group which caters to the needs and challenges of families raising transgender children in Mecklenburg County. Transparents of PFLAG Charlotte currently serves over 40 families in the Charlotte community.


Youth center seeks support

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Rd., is seeking cooks, chefs, caterers and sponsors to provide dinner for youth on Thursday and Friday evenings.

This is a time when youth unplug from technology and engage in fostering friendships and connecting with staff and community friends.

Volunteers can: cook a meal of one’s choosing either at home or in the center’s kitchen; cater a meal with take-out or whatever sounds tasty; or sponsor a meal with a contribution of funds or groceries that can be used to prepare a meal.

Open days currently are Nov. 2-3, 10 and 30. Email James Rice III at to learn more or to offer services.

In addition to the TOY Family Dinner program, the TOY Pantry is always in need of support for those who are struggling financially or who are in need of basic household items. Currently, items needed are: body wash, liquid soap (not bars); cologne/perfume/body sprays (all genders); rolls of toilet paper; rolls of paper towel; tampons (no pads); undergarments (all genders); African-American hair/skin care products; scarves, beanie toboggans, gloves and ear muffs. Additionally, gift cards for Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, etc. are also appreciated. The center also has a wish list on Amazon. Email Rice to find out more.

Transcend Charlotte, a tenant at the center, is also accepting clothing for its TransCloset, as well as offering its services to those seeking apparel and makeup items, as well as assistance with styling and makeup application tips by appointment. All clothing donations must be clean and either hung on hangers or folded and presorted in boxes (no trash or plastics bags). They accept clothing, accessories, shoes, binders, breast forms and unopened, sealed cosmetics.

Email to learn more.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.